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Incidents of rape continue unabated in Bihar

Panicked villagers chart out their own laws to protect girls and women from rape

  • By Lata Rani, Correspondent
  • Published: 15:48 January 5, 2013
  • Gulf News

Patna: Despite the continuing public outcry over the heinous incident of Delhi gang-rape shaming the entire nation, the incidents of rape continue unabated in Bihar, forcing the harried villagers to huddle together and chart out their own laws for the “safety” of the girls.

In the past 24 hours, as many as four incidents of rapes have been reported from across the state even as the government headed by chief minister Nitish Kumar has declared to put all the pending rape cases on the fast track for quicker punishment to the accused persons.

The first incident was reported from North Bihar’s Gopalganj district where a 10-year-old girl was dragged from a running train and raped several times by a local man who is absconding.

Police said the victim along with her younger sister had boarded a local train at Thave railway station on Thursday night to see her ailing mother admitted to a hospital in neighbouring Siwan district. However, as the train chugged off the station, a youth forcibly dragged the girl from the train and took her to a lonely place where she was raped many times.

The local Government Railway Police officer-in-charge SN Singh said the police had registered a case against a local youth and were conducting raids on the possible hideouts to nab the accused.

Another the shocking incident took place in eastern Bihar’s Bhagalpur district where a Grade eight student was poisoned to death before being raped at gun-point by a local youth. Police said the accused had made the girl swallow sulphas tablets used to kill insects. She died in the course of treatment.

The victim’s family told the police that they got suspicious when they saw him stealthily walking out of the girl’s room and nabbed him. When they went inside, they saw the victim lying unconscious and admitted her to a local hospital but she eventually died. The police have arrested the youth and sent him to jail.

Another incident was rape has been reported from eastern Bihar’s Katihar district where a minor girl was raped by a local youth while she had gone outside to attend Nature’s call. Hearing her cries, the local villagers rushed to the spot and nabbed the accused who was brutally assaulted by the crowd before being handed over to the police.

In central Bihar’s Nalanda district some four men made unsuccessful bids to gang-rape a handicapped woman. She, however, was lucky to save herself as the local villagers had rushed to spot on time after hearing her screams.

All these incidents come close on the heels of a shocking incident in western Bihar’s Bhojpur district on Thursday noon where a woman jumped from a Delhi-bound running express train to escape rape bids by some army troopers who were travelling on the same train. The woman with multiple injuries has been admitted to the local Patna Medical College and Hospital where her mental condition is said to be unstable.

The continuing incidents of rapes have caused such a panic among the local villagers that they have started charting out their own laws putting a blanket ban on use of “sexy” clothes for girls to check rape cases. Since the time Delhi rape victim succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital, as many as six village panchayats and government schools have put a blanket ban on use of jeans pants, skirts and also mobile phones for girls, holding them responsible for such social perversions.

Comments (3)

  1. Added 12:25 January 6, 2013

    if some one had helped her she would be alive today and would be enjoying her life. Really it was bad that no one helped her and the people saw her when she was in trouble, really it was very shamefull

    hamdan almansoori, umm all qwaine, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 10:51 January 6, 2013

    Really the gang rape was very inhuman and heart touching, I cried and my blood was burning when I read this article. Everyone of us must open eyes and feel ashamed of ourselves that when one woman is screaming for help, we are saving our lives. If some one helped those people at the right time, may be we would have saved her life. As a mother, I request all brothers and sisters why can't we think if same situation comes to our own family members, then also we will keep quite? So, please wake up and at least from now we will behave as human beings. And as a tribute to the rape victim, Govt should punish them as per the girl's opinion. This is the public demand and voice of the women which the Indian Govt should accept and punish them accordingly as a tribute to the girl and also a warning to everyone who will do such a act.

    Sana Mehaboob, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 10:15 January 6, 2013

    The internet connection, video gaming, cinema and satellite should also be banned in the State of Bihar. Men & youths of this generation are constantly being influenced by violence and abusive material they are viewing and mimic the same on the weak around them. There should be a similar blanket law for men in these areas as they are misusing the authority and power God provided, instead of using it for the protection and safety of humanity. Selfishness and lack of love for others has turned our men and women into animals.

    Sawmya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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